Beloved TV chat show host DAVID LETTERMAN has won a major break in the ongoing
writer’s strike – his entire staff has been given a waiver to return to work.
Letterman was among the late night hosts who shelved his show when the strike
began on 5 November (07). He continued to pay his staff out of his own pocket.
And his generosity appears to have won him favor among Writers Guild of
America union bosses, who have given his writing staff permission to cross
picket lines when his show returns on 2 January (07).
In a statement released on Friday (28Dec07), Letterman says, “I am grateful
to the WGA for granting us this agreement. We’re happy to be going back to
work, and particularly pleased to be doing it with our writers.”
The new deal will also mean writers for Craig Ferguson’s show, which follows
The Late Show – and is produced by Letterman, will also be able to return to
work next week.